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    My BC Loki has developed a cough everytime she picks up the throw toy she plays with, it's not a bad cough per say but she coughs and hacks like she is trying to dislodge something from her throat. My other dog plays with the toy too and she is fine. Both dogs are wormed regularly so it's definately not heartworm or anything like that. I was thinking maybe it was fibres from the toy or bits of grass that she may swallow? She's only being doing it for a few days, and it doesn't happen when she runs and plays without the toy. Any suggestions would be great.

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    If it's recent it might be kennel cough. If it's ongoing it may well be the fibres

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    We did have an outbreak of kennel cough in Adelaide, hence a majority of competitors didn't come down for our October trials, strangely enough three dogs got it and they all belonged to the same person, my dogs didn't get it or any one elses dogs! We can't figure out how her dogs got it and no one elses did. But that was in October surely it wouldn't be around now? I've thrown the toy away (much to their disgust!) and we'll see how we go

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    Good idea...see how she goes without the toy. If there's any more coughing i'd take her to the vet as it sounds like it could be kennel cough. The toy could be a trigger as the cough gets worse when they're excited so if loki loves her toy the excitment of play could make her cough. If left untreated it can lead to nasty things like pneumonia etc. They can catch this anywhere...bit like us catching the flu. I've also been told by a vet that some dogs are not showing symptoms but are carriers and can pass it on. reason why i feel confident about giving this advice is that i went through this with my dogs a few weeks ago. I brought a new puppy home from a shelter and she started coughing after a few days. I thought she had something lodged in her throat too. Then she started spitting and got a runny nose. She infected my other dog too. They were on antibiotics for 2 weeks and have been fine ever since. There's some good examples of dogs with kennel cough on you tube you can see if it sounds like your dog. I did it before i took mine to the vet and was sure it was kennel cough before i went. But don't leave it too long - if the cough does not go away as she will need antibiotics asap . Good luck ! And please keep us updated !

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    Thanks for the You Tube tip Magdalena, I listened to a few clips but Loki certainly doesn't sound like that, she only seems to cough when she has a toy, I took them for a run today and they ran around like crazy (as usual) and she never coughed. One of my friends suggested that maybe she has a flap of skin at the back of her throat that is blocking of her airway slightly when this happens. Whatever it may be, I will take her to the vet for my own peace of mind next week to get to the bottom of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCROX View Post
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    Thanks for the You Tube tip Magdalena, I listened to a few clips but Loki certainly doesn't sound like that, she only seems to cough when she has a toy, I took them for a run today and they ran around like crazy (as usual) and she never coughed. One of my friends suggested that maybe she has a flap of skin at the back of her throat that is blocking of her airway slightly when this happens. Whatever it may be, I will take her to the vet for my own peace of mind next week to get to the bottom of it.
    HI NO PROBLEMS!
    How is Loki? still caughing?

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    Hi Magdelena,

    Sorry for the late reply, I've been here there and everywhere lately. I took Loki to vet, he checked her throat and glands very thoroughly and there is no obstruction. He took a scraping of her throat and a blood test to see if there is any underlying problem. He suggested it may just be a response to "over excitement" but he also suggested to take away any fibrous toys for a week and see how we go. He said if the tests are inconclusive he may issue her with some anti-histamenes(?) to see if that settles the problem. Will keep you posted.

    PS It's def not kennel cough or heartworm...lol, that was ruled out early on!

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    Hi
    Glad it's not kennel cough...and that Loki had all the tests done...maybe it is just over excitement...My staffy makes all sorts of noises when she's excited. I always tell her "breathe misi breathe" ! he,he
    Anyway, best wishes! and let us know how it goes!

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    I have n 8 year old poodle who coughs every morning, somethings be brings up foamy phlegm. He has had his throat checked and cough mixture, none of it works. It is worse if he lays on his back. Could it be his trachea? I dont know, neither does the vet. It is terrible to listen to. Can anybody help

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    I think seeing another vet is the best idea.

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